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Computers in the Library

Computers in the Brickell Library

Wifi Internet access

The Edward E. Brickell Medical Sciences Library has Wi-Fi throughout the facility, which can be accessed by EVMS faculty, students, and staff with EVMS Novell passwords. Before devices can connect to EVMS Wi-Fi, they must be configured by the Network Information Center (NIC). Please visit the NIC in Lewis Hall, Suite 1003.   If you need assistance after hours or on the weekend, the NIC has self-serve information on configuring Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and student wireless (see Student Software section) at their myPortal site (access with your EVMS Novell password).

For network security reasons, the EVMS Library cannot provide Wi-Fi to members of the general public.

Print jobs can be sent wirelessly to the EVMS Library’s network-enabled printers. Additional information can be found here.


Computer Lab (Room 131)

A popular resource that is open 24/7, the EVMS Library's Computer Lab offers PCs as well as two scanners for use by those with EVMS Novell passwords. Lab PCs connect to several printer options, which EVMS students may use with their annual allotment of free printing.  Additional information about printing in the EVMS Library can be found here.

For security reasons, no guest log ins are allowed. Guests may use the public access PCs that are available when the library is staffed. For more information, see below.

The Computer Lab offers and supports word processing, spreadsheet, graphic, and computer-assisted instruction software. During library hours, staff will do their best to assist patrons in using the software packages installed in the Lab and Classroom. EVMS staff may not be able to answer all questions about specialized software. 

Because of software licensing limitations, not all computers are set up identically. If you are looking for a specific software package, please consult with the Lab Manager.

The following are not allowed: Installing programs; copying licensed software; using software that will circumvent licensing or harm the computer, the network, or people. For a more complete list of EVMS policies, procedures, and possible disciplinary actions, please sign in to EVMS myPortal/Information Technology/Policies & Procedures

Storage of Data
Files stored on Lab computers are deleted at logout. Save files to a flash drive, email files to yourself using EVMS Sendit, or use your EVMS Home Drive. Each EVMS Novell account is given a “Home Drive.” This storage is only available while on the EVMS wired network (Lab and Classroom). Using Home Drive storage ONLY is not recommended. You are strongly encouraged to back up your work.

If you are uncertain about the location of your stored data, Lab staff can assist you. Lab staff can also verify that your data is on your storage device.

The Computer Lab assumes no responsibility for lost, damaged, or deleted data.

Computer Viruses
All computers in the Lab are equipped with software designed to protect computers from viruses. Viruses can corrupt or delete data and make it unrecoverable. Please report messages indicating the presence of a virus to Lab staff immediately.

Faculty, staff, and residents may download free home-use copies of McAfee Antivirus that the EVMS Network Information Center has licensed for your protection. Sign into EVMS myPortal/Information Technology/SoftwareDownload, to download this software for your computer. 


Classroom PCs (Room 132)

The EVMS Library’s Classroom is a well-used resource. It is used for testing, classes, training, and much more. There is a daily schedule of activities posted outside the Classroom door every morning. Those with EVMS Novell passwords are welcome to use the Classroom PCs when there are no activities scheduled.

The Classroom may be reserved using the Computer Classroom Reservation Form by faculty members for

  • EVMS credit courses (receive priority)
  • EVMS-sponsored non-credit formal instruction 

The Classroom is equipped with 

  • 30 networked PCs and an instructor PC 
  • Multimedia projector & screen 
  • Digital white board 
  • 3D document camera 
  • Wireless Microphone

For information about additional equipment that is available through EVMS Media Services, please see the library staff or log in to EVMS myPortal/Information Technology/Media & Audio Visual Technical Services (MAVTS)


Public PCs (First floor, across from the Circulation Desk)  

Please note: These computers have been set up for medical information searching only and have no additional software installed.

Policy/Procedure: Use of (OPAC) Online Public Access Computer Stations 

The Edward E. Brickell Medical Sciences Library, Eastern Virginia Medical School has three (3) workstations available for use by the general public. These computers, with access to Brickell Library and other specified web resources, are provided to further the educational, research, and health information needs of public clients. Signing the log-in sheet constitutes an agreement to abide by the policies stated below. 

Patrons must abide by the following: use policies as set forth by EVMS and Brickell Library: 

  • Identification
    All public clients are required to present Circulation staff with a valid government, school, or employer issued picture ID. No exceptions will be made.

  • Priority
    Any public client may sign up to use an OPAC workstation (EVMS faculty, staff, and students with Novell Network accounts may not use these stations, and are directed to the stations in the computer lab and classroom); priority of use is given to EVMS community faculty without a Novell Network account, area health care providers, patients and family members of patients at local area hospitals, and students/faculty/staff at local colleges and universities. 

  • Time Limit
    OPAC workstations are only available during the hours that the library Circulation desk is staffed. OPAC stations automatically shut down 30 minutes before the end of the library’s staffed hours.

  • Appropriate Use
    OPAC workstations are to be used only for biomedical or health care related research. All other uses are strictly prohibited. Accessible biomedical and health care related Internet sites are determined in conjunction with the Network Information Center.

  • Inappropriate Use
    Inappropriate use includes, but is not limited to:
    • Endeavoring to circumvent security or otherwise gain unauthorized access to computers, software, or networks.
    • Intentionally or unintentionally damaging equipment.
    • Breaking local, state, or federal regulations including, but not limited to copyright violations, identity fraud, cyber harassment, etc.
    • installing/downloading/uploading software, documents, or graphic images onto any of the workstations.
    • Using proxy websites to send anonymous emails or otherwise attempt to mask the identity of a machine or account.
    • Perpetrating identity fraud in any way including trying to use a computer account the person is not authorized to use.

    Inappropriate use will ultimately be determined by a library staff member. Clients found to be inappropriately using the OPAC workstations will be asked to leave the library and further action may be taken depending on the severity of the offense. 
  • Printing
    A reasonable amount of free printing from the OPAC workstations is allowed to clients. Library staff determines what is excessive printing and will instruct the client to terminate printing. 

  • Minors
    Clients fourteen (14) years of age and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the OPAC workstation; these clients cannot be left unsupervised. Please note that it is not the responsibility of the Library to serve in loco parentis (in place of parent) and cannot be responsible for the well being of unsupervised minors. 

  • Notification
    Clients must notify staff members when they are ready to leave; staff will log off the user and terminate the session. 


(Rev. 7/26/16, approved EVMS Office of General Counsel)


Laptops / HMDI Cables / Labtop Stands 

The library has a variety of useful things available for checkout, visit the circulation desk on the first floor for additional information.



Last updated, 2017 March 29